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Representative Client Projects

 

The Watson Firm has decades of experience guiding sophisticated real estate projects from inception to completion. We are proud of our work and honored to be associated with some of the most prestigious communities across the country. Below is a representative sampling of the work we’ve done on behalf of our clients.

Master-Planned Development


Belterra

Belterra, an approximately 1,611-acre master-planned community in Dripping Springs, Hays County, Texas.

Client: Ashlar Development/Castlelake (previously Crescent Communities)

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of the ongoing development in 2013
  • Project-level agreements, including builder purchase and sale agreements, sale of the commercial section, development related documents, relationship with resident-controlled HOA and WCIDs, development financing
  • Sale of project by client Crescent Communities to Ashlar Development/Castlelake in 2017. Retained by Ashlar/Castlelake to continue representation

Connerton 

Connerton, a 4,800-acre master-planned community in Land ’O Lakes, Pasco County, Florida.

Client: Hayman Woods

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Builder Agreements, development agreements, venture negotiations, construction and consulting agreements
  • Sale of majority of remaining project to Lennar Homes in 2018

Crown 

Crown, a mixed-use development in Gaithersburg, Maryland, consisting of approximately 2,250 residential units and approximately 330,000 square feet of retail.

Client: Westbrook Partners

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • The preparation and negotiation of contracts, agreements and other documents relating to builder programs
  • The preparation and negotiation of construction contracts and consulting contracts with contractors and design professionals, commercial sale contracts, homeowners association matters
  • Various additional development and corporate matters

The Groves 

The Groves, an approximately 991-acre master-planned community in Humble, Harris County, Texas.

Client: Ashlar Development/Castlelake (previously Crescent Communities)

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of raw land in 2012
  • Builder purchase and sale agreements, development financing, preparation of CCRs and formation of HOA, relationship with MUD, early stages of sale and development of mixed-use portions of project, including daycare, multi-family, and retail sites
  • Sale of project by client Crescent Communities to Ashlar Development/Castlelake in 2017. Retained by Ashlar/Castlelake to continue representation

Knolls at Solana 

Knolls at Solana, Westlake, Texas

Client: Wilbow Corporation

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of 62 acres in 2018
  • Development and sales agreements – all custom homes

Lindsford 

Lindsford in Fort Myers, Florida

Client: Rockpoint

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of 43 acres in 2012
  • Development and sales agreements

Marina Heights/Sea Haven 

Marina Heights/Sea Haven, A master-planned community spread over 248 acres on the former site of the Fort Ord U.S. Army Base, Monterey California.

Client: Westbrook Partners/Stanford University

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • The development, construction, and sale of single family attached, and detached homes, as well as raw land, joint venture agreements, development management agreements
  • Various additional development and corporate matters

Nichols Vale 

Nichols Vale, Mt. Juliet, Wilson County, Tennessee

Client: Ashlar Development/Castlelake

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of the ongoing development in 2018
  • Project-level agreements, including builder purchase and sale agreements, development related documents, homeowners association matters, development financing

Orange Blossom 

Orange Blossom, Collier County, Florida

Client: Rockpoint

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Preparation and negotiation of contracts, agreements and other documents relating to the acquisition of approximately 300 acres
  • Continued representation includes lot sales contracts, development matters and CDD bond issuance matter

Riverset

Riverset, Garland, Texas

Client: Wilbow Corporation

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of 111 acres in 2018
  • 380 Agreement
  • Development and sales agreements for townhomes and single-family, detached homes

Sonoma Verde 

Sonoma Verde, a master-planned community located in McLendon Chisholm, Rockwall County, Texas.

Client: Taylor-Duncan Interests/Castlelake

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of the ongoing development in 2018
  • Project-level agreements, including builder purchase and sale agreements, CC&R and design guideline amendments, development related documents, acquisition and development financing

Wildridge 

Wildridge, a master-planned community in Oak Point, Denton County, Texas.

Client: Ashlar Development/Castlelake (previously Crescent Communities)

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of the project, joint venture documents, builder contracts, development financing, CC&Rs and HOA formation, MUD and PID matters, and corporate matters
  • Sale of project by client Crescent Communities to Ashlar Development/Castlelake in 2017. Retained by Ashlar/Castlelake to continue representation

Willowsford 

Willowsford, a master-planned community in Northern Virginia

Client: Rockpoint

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of the original land
  • Creation of legal structure and documentation
  • Sale to NVR, creation of legal structure and documentation

 

Multi-Family and Condominium Projects

Arlington Commons 

Arlington Commons, a multifamily development located in Arlington, Texas, that is planned to include approximately 1,600 units in four phases.

Client: The Nehemiah Company

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Initial acquisition of project (three separate, existing apartment complexes)
  • Negotiation and formation of joint ventures to own and develop the separate phases of the project
  • Debt finance, negotiate loan documents
  • GC Agreements, architects agreements, miscellaneous construction and development agreements
  • Sale of Phase One (365 units) to the Praedium Group in 2018

The Harland West Hollywood

The Harland West Hollywood, condominium project located in West Hollywood, California, containing 49 luxury residences.

Client: Westbrook Partners

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Prepare and negotiate contracts with architect and other design professionals
  • Sales and marketing agreements
  • Other development matters

950 Gough 

950 Gough, condominium project located in San Francisco, California, containing 95 luxury residences.

Client: Westbrook Partners

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Prepare and negotiate contracts with architect and other design professional
  • Construction-related agreements and sales and marketing agreements
  • Other development matters

 

Age-Restricted Communities

Amblebrook 

Amblebrook, a 340-acre age-restricted development in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Client: CCD Rock Creek LLC, a joint venture comprised of Crown Communities and Corbelis

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of raw land from multiple sellers
  • Negotiation and formation of joint venture to own and develop project
  • Debt finance, negotiate loan documents
  • Project-level documents

 

Miscellaneous

Recreational Vehicle and Manufactured Home communities, in acquisitions and various legal documents including CCRs

 

Multi-Project Sales

Representation of Crescent Communities, in sale of three master-planned communities located in the DFW, Austin and Houston markets

 

Infill Deals

The Villas at Parker, Trails at Arbor Hills, and The Reserve on Parker, single-builder subdivisions in Carrollton, Texas

Client: Taylor-Duncan Interests

The Watson Firm’s role:

  • Acquisition of raw land from multiple sellers, builder contracts, entity formation and company agreements, acquisition and development financing, project-level documents and agreements with neighboring property owners and governing authorities

 

Builders

Representation of Toll Brothers, in development-related matters in Texas

 

Technology Companies

Representation of OpenDoor, in Texas broker operations, sales documentation, operational matters and debt financing